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GUSTINE - The city’s parks are open again, but officials are expressing concern that users - particularly those of athletic fields - are not adhering to restrictions which prohibit games and limit gatherings to no more than 10 people.

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Fire damages Newman residence

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Three young residents of the Meredith Manor apartment complex in Gustine helped sound the alarm and alert occupants when a fire broke out in one of the apartment buildings Sunday afternoon, June 14. Naomi Bair, Ava Ruiz and Anissia Ochoa Rosas (from left) were playing outside when they notic…

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GUSTINE - While most traditional activities surrounding Independence Day in Gustine will not take place this year due to the coronavirus pandemic and related restrictions, organizers recently reaffirmed plans to move forward with a Fourth of July fireworks show.


Mosquito abatement districts which serve the western reaches of Stanislaus and Merced counties are gearing up their annual detection and eradication campaign against the insects.

Gustine changes recycling program

A vegetation fire in the 4000 block of Highway 33 burned an acre or more of heavy brush along the Garzas Creek south of Gustine and destroyed a tank house and detached garage/shed Tuesday afternoon, June 9, officials reported.  Firefighters were able to prevent damage to a nearby trailer and…

Gustine public works employees continue to tend to a variety of duties around the community. Osvaldo Palomino works on a well located at the city’s Jensen Road soccer field.

Motorcycle rider killed in crash


A walk in memory of George Floyd and in protest of racial inequality and police brutality against people of color was held Saturday morning in Newman. Floyd’s death while in the custody of Minneapolis police on May 25 triggered protests and outrage across the nation and around the world in r…

The Newman-Crows Landing Unified School District is continuing the distribution of free meals for children ages 1-18 through June and July. In addition, free family food boxes are being distributed each Friday through June from 11 a.m. to noon at Von Renner and Hurd Barrington elementary sch…

Newman public works employee Thomas Krieger tended to tree-trimming duties recently in a local park. 

A new sign is gracing the Gustine Police Department. Leroy Onstine, owner of Westside Welding and Radiator, fabricated the sign and recently put it into place with the assistance of city public works employee Jesus Alonso.

Vintage vehicles rolled through downtown Newman Friday evening as several members of the Westside Auto Club joined the informal Friday night cruise started by local resident Glennis Kidder. 

Public works crews in Newman last week made repairs to a fire hydrant on Fresno Street. 

Flames destroyed a pickup truck last Thursday afternoon on West Stuhr Road at Interstate 5. The fire was reported shortly before 6 p.m. No injuries were reported. 

Marijuana seized; three arrested

Sidewalk improvements funded by Measure V - a half-cent transportation sales tax passed by Merced County voters in 2016 - are continuing in Gustine. Craig Christenson, owner of C.C. Concrete, worked recently on a Sixth Street sidewalk project.

Signs marking the entrance to the Creek Canyon subdivision in Newman were touched up recently by Newman public works employee Jaime Sotelo.

GUSTINE - Some local non-essential businesses are slowly beginning to open as the state moves through the progression of its four-stage plan for safely reopening.


NEWMAN - City leaders last week reaffirmed their commitment to following the state’s stay-at-home mandate and plan for a phased reopening of non-essential businesses following state guidelines - although not without extensive discussion and mixed opinions.


NEWMAN - A popular Newman restaurant heavily damaged by fire will rebuild and reopen, its owner pledged earlier this week.

Local COVID-19 case count

The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Newman has increased to 11 as of Tuesday afternoon, an increase of three over a week earlier, while Gustine saw a new case reported Tuesday to bring its total to eight, up one from a week earlier.

Firefighters extinguished a big rig fire Monday evening on Interstate 5 north of Cottonwood Road. The blaze destroyed a truck and trailer and sparked a small vegetation fire but no injuries were reported, according to fire personnel. The incident occurred at about 6 p.m. 


GUSTINE - A 25-year-old San Jose man was killed Wednesday afternoon, April 22 in a two-vehicle accident at the south edge of Gustine, the California Highway Patrol reported.